Rachael Yamagata w/ Connor Kennedy - 2/15/19Friday, February 15 2019 6pm Doors / 8pm Start
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Rachael Yamagata w/ Connor Kennedy - 2/15/19
at City Winery Washington DC
- Front Premier
- Bar Stool
Yamagata unlocks your pain and gives it permission to breathe.
"Along with the bad-assery, Yamagata brings a world-weary passion to her singing. Her voice is a soul-baring, sultry instrument that commands center stage at all times. She has that deliberate, I’ll-sing-the-note-when-I’m-ready pacing that helped make Amy Winehouse great, and before her Billie Holliday.” Associated Press
The singer-songwriter unveils a dark fire burning within her obstinate self.” Paste
“Some singer/songwriters wear their hearts on their sleeves. Some of them also make sure they’re dripping with blood. Case in point: the ultra-emotive singer/pianist Rachael Yamagata.” Digital Trends
“Catchy and engaging, but consistently smart to boot” -- Mother Jones
“Like Screaming Jay Hawkins meeting Patsy Cline in a studio built by Sam Phillips and David Gold with Daniel Lanois producing, Tightrope Walker is all soul-fever dreams and bittersweet echoes, Yamagata’s breathy, sensuous vocals leading rumbling drums and swampy guitars, ghostly keyboards, and sorcerer’s tones.” - Electronic Musician
'More classy soul-baring pastorals from upstate New Yorker... a sonically rich experience that repays closer listening... Yamagata’s voice is superb at evoking languid heartache... This is an album of immersive and emotive pleasures’ – Uncut
Connor Kennedy might not know who he is, much more than you will by the end of this, but he knows what he likes – and he knows when a song of his own is finished. A self-learned guitarist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Kennedy hails from Woodstock, New York, where as a young man, found himself swimming in the lore of yore at the turn of every local street.
He lives not far from famous pink houses, famous basements, famous defunct (and operational) recording studios, and famous farms where famous festivals happened with famous people, and is often reminded of such facts. Armed with respect and admiration for artists of the past, he aims to present an honest voice of his own; perhaps landing in the tributaries.
His most recent release ‘Somewhere’, was released with virtually no fanfare, beyond one celebratory performance in a historic church, wherein the fire department was called during the last number. He likes most of it.
He's currently assembling a new corral of songs for a forthcoming recording; and has been making guest appearances with Steely Dan in the meantime.